valuing waste

caring / discard practices / nature-culture relations
 University of Amsterdam [postdoc)

Currently, I work at the Anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam where I explore waste and how it is valued in different settings such as households, cities, and markets. Take as an example organic waste. In practice, organic waste is not without value but valued, and thereby transformed, in diverse ways: as fertiliser in households, as food for rats and birds in cities, or as a commodity in the circular economy. As waste is valued differently in different situations, the humans involved engage in different ways with soils, animals, and microbes. Simultaneously, sustainability, as an order of worth-in-the-making, takes diverse shapes, and gives rise to new, more or less equal, relations between humans and nonhumans, and among humans.



Mandy de Wilde and Sarah Parry (forthcoming) Feminised concern or feminist care: reclaiming gender normativities in zero waste living. The Sociological Review.

Thomas Fransssen and Mandy de Wilde (2021) A clean-energy future isn't set in stone. Nature Geoscience.

Mandy de Wilde, Weera Koopman and Annemarie Mol (2020) Clean in Times of Covid-19: on Hygiene and Pollution. Somatosphere.

work in progress

Knowing with algae: on the maintenance of a multispecies prototype (with Fenna Smits). Paper currently under review.


Rats, rights, and responsibilities: towards a more-than-human anthropology of citizenship (with Herre de Bondt and Rivke Jaffe). Paper currently under review.


Given parameteres and emerging concerns: Normativities in a wastewater treatment system in the making. (with Tania Fernandes, Rebeca Ibañez Martín, Fenna Smits, Marianne de Laet, and Annemarie Mol). Paper currently in writing.

Schoon en vuil in de stad: lessen over waarderen en duurzaamheid (with Annemarie Mol). Book currently in writing.

Zero waste, multi species: on discarding apples, 'sustainably'. Paper currently in writing.